Birch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Birch is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in an area close to a birch tree which is derived from the Old English word Birce, which literally means birch. The family gave their name to the village of Birch in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Birch family

The surname Birch was first found in Lancashire at Birch, a district chapelry, in the parish of Manchester, union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford. "The chapel, dedicated to St. James, is supposed to have been originally built by a member of the family of Birch. Birch Hall, a seat of the Haverseges, passed from them to the Birches; and it is conjectured that the plans laid by James, Earl of Derby, for seizing Manchester for Charles I., were disconcerted by the councils of Col. Birch (1615-1691) and his compeers, held here." [1]

"In the reign of Edward II. the manor [of Birches in Cheshire] passed with the heiress of Nicholas de Birches, by marriage, to the Winningtons." [1]

Important Dates for the Birch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birch research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1691, 1645, 1660, 1652, 1710 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Birch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birch Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Birch has been spelled many different ways, including Birch, Birche, Burch, Berch and others.

Early Notables of the Birch family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Birch, Bishop of Hereford; and Colonel John Birch (1615-1691), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Leominster (1645-1660), who fought for the Parliamentary cause in the English civil war. He "belonged to a younger...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Birch family to Ireland

Some of the Birch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birch migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Birchs to arrive in North America:

Birch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Birch who settled in Dorchester Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Birch, who settled in New England in 1654
Birch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Birch who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • George Birch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [2]

Birch migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Birch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Birch U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [3]
Birch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Barbara Birch, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. John Birch, aged who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Miss. Maria Birch, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Martin Birch, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board [4]

Birch migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Birch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Birch, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Richard Birch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [6]
  • Edwin Birch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [7]
  • Sussana Birch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [7]
  • Emma Birch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Birch migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Birch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Birch, Australian settler travelling from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria aboard the ship "Earl Stanhope" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [9]
  • E. N. Birch, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nelson" in 1842
  • Mr. E.N. Birch, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1842 [9]
  • Mr. Birch, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th November 1852 [10]
  • Mrs. Birch, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th November 1852 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Birch (post 1700)

  • Patricia Birch, American five-time Tony Award nominated choreographer and director for musical theatre and film
  • Diane Birch (b. 1983), American singer-songwriter
  • Adam Birch (b. 1979), American semi-retired professional wrestler, known by the ring names Joey Mercury and Joey Matthews
  • John Birch (1918-1945), India-born, American missionary and US spy, executed in communist China, eponym of the John Birch Society
  • Paul Birch (1910-1969), American Broadway and film actor
  • Thora Birch (b. 1982), American Golden Globe nominated, three-time Young Artist Award winning actress [11]
  • Stanley Francis Birch Jr. (b. 1945), American federal judge
  • Thomas Birch (1705-1766), English historian
  • Kenneth Joseph Birch (b. 1933), retired English footballer
  • Joseph "Joe" Birch (1904-1980), English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Birch family

Empress of Ireland
  • Master John Henry Reuben Birch (1907-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Miss Elsie Alice Birch (1914-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mrs. Ellen Gertrude Birch (1878-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. James William Birch (1919-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Mornington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Sydney L Birch, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Joseph J Birch, British Ordnance Telegrahist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Peter R Birch, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Reginald George Birch, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Competitor.gif
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Thora Birch. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Thora Birch. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thora_Birch
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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